January 21st, 2013
11:04 AM ET
In theory, having the typically witty Jennifer Lawrence host "Saturday Night Live" sounded like a perfect fit. But in reality, the episode ended up falling fairly flat, although not for lack of effort on Lawrence's part.
Saturday's show, "SNL's" first in a month, had Lawrence riff on the backlash to her "I beat Meryl!" Globes comment in her opening monologue, with the 22-year-old actress going after her Oscars competition with (pretty corny) disses.
Seeming not totally comfortable with the sketch, Lawrence called "Zero Dark Thirty" star Jessica Chastain "Jessica Chast-ain't winnin' no Oscar on my watch," and told Quvenzhané Wallis that "the alphabet called, [and] they want their letters back." She did follow up every crack with a bit of praise, in case anyone wasn't clear that she was joking.
In a funnier moment, Bill Hader posed in the audience as the eternally unamused Tommy Lee Jones, although he couldn't hold form when Lawrence said "Emmanuelle Riva-derci" to the 85-year-old "Amour" star's Oscar chances.
One of those could have been the "Top Dog Chef" sketch that included Lawrence as one of the canine contestants challenged with creating a dish out of garbage. The Huffington Post's Mike Ryan called it lazy, while New York Magazine's Vulture isn't convinced this wasn't just a holdover from a "30 Rock" episode.
Similarly, a sketch of a "Hunger Games" press conference was entertaining enough, but "fairly tame," Time magazine points out.
But "SNL's" take on Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" trilogy, based on the idea that the filmmaker is needlessly stretching out his content, was one sketch that included Lawrence that was a clear hit. As The Hollywood Reporter said, "Perhaps Tolkienites bored by the hour it takes for 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' to leave the Shire should take comfort in this sketch. It could have been much, much worse."
How do you think Lawrence did as "SNL" host? Next week, the job will be handed over to Adam Levine.
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